Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: Amid the tussle to form the government in Maharashtra, the Congress and the NCP held a meeting on Wednesday and said that they would soon provide a stable government in Maharashtra adding that the discussions to form government with Shiv Sena has to be worked out.

“Congress-NCP has had long and positive discussions today. Discussions will continue; I am sure we will be able to give a stable government to Maharashtra very soon,” said Congress’ Prithviraj Chavan after holding a meeting with NCP leaders.

“Congress-NCP together decided that we must give an alternate government in Maharashtra. It is not possible without NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena coming together. We are trying our best to resolve all issues. We will provide alternate government as soon as possible,” said NCP leader Nawab Malik.

Earlier in the day, NCP chief Sharad Pawar met PM Modi and invited him to inaugurate an international conference being organised by the Pune-based Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) in January-end.

Pawar, who heads the VSI, has invited PM Modi even as the NCP and the Congress are discussing modalities of forming government in Maharashtra with the Shiv Sena in their bid to keep the BJP away from power in the state.

The former Union agriculture minister has written a letter to the prime minister inviting him for the event.

"The conference is scheduled from January 31, I request yourself to accept our invitation to inaugurate this important event and address all the stakeholders either on January 30 or January 31, 2020 as per the convenience of your goodself and give suitable date and time for this inaugural function," Pawar said in the letter dated November 18.

The Congress and the NCP are holding talks to form the government in Maharashtra after the Uddhav Thackeray-led party ended its alliance with the BJP.

Meanwhile, PTI quoted NCP sources on Wednesday said that the chief minister's post in Maharashtra is most likely to be on a rotational basis, with the first half of the five-year term to be given to the Shiv Sena and the latter to it.

The source added that the Congress is likely to have the deputy chief minister's post for the full term.

"So, the question of the Sena enjoying the full five-year term does not arise. The second half will have a chief minister from the NCP," PTI quoted the leader as saying.

In the October 21 Maharashtra polls, the BJP-Sena saffron alliance secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats respectively in the 288-member assembly. The Congress and the NCP, pre-poll allies, won 44 and 54 seats respectively.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma